Updated May 18, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Kinzinger: Cawthorn loss "good for the country"

Rep. Adam Kinzinger questions witnesses during the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol on July 27, 2021. Photo: Andrew Harnik-Pool/Getty Images

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) said on Wednesday that it was "good for the country" that Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.) lost his bid for reelection.

The big picture: Cawthorn, who had dogged by numerous scandals in recent weeks, lost the GOP primary for North Carolina's 11th district to state Sen. Chuck Edwardson Tuesday.

What he's saying: "It's good for the country," Kinzinger told CNN's John Berman. "It's good for the party. It's good for the 11th District of North Carolina."

  • "D.C. has become kind of a growing ground for people that are just more interested in fame than governing, that are more interested in becoming famous than in actually doing the really serious work, at a time when we have a lot of challenges here at home and a lot of challenges overseas," Kinzinger added. "And so, it was a good thing he lost."

Background: Kinzinger, who isn't running for re-election, is one of the few Republicans who has consistently criticized former President Donald Trump, as well a number of his GOP colleagues in the far-right wing of the party. Consequently, the Illinois lawmaker's opposition has created a rift between him and the rest of the party.

  • He and Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) are the only two Republicans participating in the select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
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